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Beast & Crown by Joel Ross
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
CatStronauts: Space Station Situation by Drew Brockington
Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga
Feathertop by Robert D. San Souci
14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop
From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg
Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
Lights, Camera, Middle School! by Jennifer L. Holm
The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman
Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Paper Girls Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Red Leech by Andrew Lane
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Ripped From the Pages by Kate Carlisle
The Scarebird by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sís
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 by Rosamund Kidman Cox

2017 books read and reviewed
Back Half round-up: Favorite books read and reviewed from July-December 2017 Canadian Books reviewed in 2017
Diverse Books Reviewed in 2017
First Book of the Year Graphic Novels Reviewed in 2017
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 04)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 11)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 18)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 25)
Mysteries reviewed in 2017
Road Narrative Summary
November 2017 sources
November 2017 summary

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

November 2017 Sources: 12/02/17

November 2017 Sources

November was divided into two parts. The first part was the final move out of the apartment. Although we've been living in our house since the start of October, we had until November 13th to turn over the keys to the leasing office. That meant schlepping last minute items, and cleaning. The second half was the sign of relief — of finally not having to move. It was also Thanksgiving (one and two as we had one for just ourselves, and then a second one a week later for relatives who couldn't make it on the actual holiday).

ROOB score for the last three years

In the middle of all of that was reading for the Cybils — which skewed my ROOB score upwards between books from the library and books I purchased to read the event. The rules for panelists and judges is that we aren't expected to purchase anything; in fact we're encouraged to read as many as we can from the library. The books I purchased happened to be ones already on my wishlist. Their inclusion on the long list just motivated the timing of my purchases.


My November ROOB score was about where it usually is. My worst November since tracking the metric of owned, new, review and library books, was 2013. Most years though fall within the range of just about -2. As library books are each given a score of -2 and November is the month where they dominate my reading, typically, it makes sense that the score would usually come out close to that number.


The ROOB average for all Novembers taken together has risen slightly to -2.13 from -2.15. It's a reflection of the higher number than average new books I bought and last month.

December is the final Cybils crunch. Most of the books are read. Now we're scrutinizing each other's wishlists and trying to come to a consensus before Christmas. Our shortlists will be announced on January 1st. It means again more library books and more reading overall.

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